|Quotes of the Day
||[Aug. 16th, 2004|12:10 pm]
It's been a while ... and these made me smile so I thought I'd share :)|
Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
Joe Theismann, Former quarterback
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 1
In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
Yep I worked it out what he wanted to stress at, I thought the funniest thing was ... that he is a Russian living in the UK ;-) I was just surprised he was so hush on me and I was damn enough not to look at his user info before replying.
Yep unfortunately xenophobia is quite a common feature of most (if not every) nation. My British boyfriend has to put up with it over here and me staying with him in the UK is kinda a little revenge :-) With all this politics in Iraq as well as historical wars bw Russia and GB (Crimean war etc) Britain is not very popular here either. When you first travelled here, your relatives probably tried to put you off from travelling here because of the foreseen dangers of our 'uncultured' country. In a similar way, I'm told that I'm going to freeze to death in a British house and is constantly told to keep away from football fans etc. Yep, I've seen news about Russia on British TV which kept me amused sometimes. 'Informational wars' are going on over here too, seems like they like to choose news about British manics and disasters. ;-)
Well truth to tell I think it is a function of all news services -- something bad happens and it's "news" but something good is just "stuff that happens" :) I think the BBC is better than a lot of other broardcasters ... have you ever been to the USA? Their news services are just so US centric it is unbelievable; "local" news is for the town you are in, "wider area" news is for the rest of that state and maybe the next state(s), "world" news is for the rest of the US ... and maybe something from another country. I've heard it said that the only time Americans learn geography is when their country invades another one :)
It is, of course, dangerous to generalise about nationalities but Americans are very US centric. Having said that, there are a number of Americans with a much broarder perspective - you only have to look through my friends list to find a number of thoughtful, inteligent people ... I guess I wouldn't have friended them otherwise :)
When I was in Russia I found everyone very friendly. One day in Moscow we'd escaped from a tour of Lenin's this that and the other and went on a boating lake. Afterwards we went and played about in a park 'till some old ladies came over to tell us of for mucking about. Once they realised we were Engliht they were so friendly and gave us little badge things ... or were they secret microphones from the KGB and we never realised? ;)))
The other thing I remember is the underground railway - like art galleries at some of the stations and absolutely spotlessly clean. Quite different from what I was used to on the London Underground. Also the cost - something like 4 kopeks (sp?) to travel anywhere on the train. oh and the tickets on the busses - you had to tear off a ticket yourself and put the right money into a plastic case. That would never have worked in Britain!
As I often say "All generalisations are probably wrong ... including this one."
hehe I pretty much agree with you.
Those ladies were obviously the KGB agents, if not - they probably had to stay a couple of years in prison for talking to you :-)
Our metro is still the same, marble stations, tourists taking pictures of it. The prices have changed though - 10 rubles and they promise to devide it into zones like in London (hope they are just joking about this one).
Cant remember the bus system. Now you have to buy a 15 ruble ticket from the driver but you dont have to, occasionaly you pay a fine of 100 rubles if you get caught :-) Just a year ago the fine was almost the same price as the ticket so I never bothered buying it. Was pretty much dissapointed with British buses :-)))) although... I've seen the Brits cheating in the trains!!!! :-) hehe